Home Gardener’s


No. 45

13, 2023

Weekly Garden Tip

The brown marmorated stink bug is an invasive species to North America and causing a huge problem. The good news is that there are natural predators for them including native predatory stink bugs.

Predatory stink bugs will feed on plant matter in their early stages, but in later stages, they will actually hunt the brown marmorated stink bugs along with caterpillars and literally over 100 other species of garden pests. Our beneficial stink bugs sometimes look similar to the brown marmorated stink bug in many of their stages. Double check before you destroy eggs, nymphs, and the adults that they are not our beneficials.

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 Get ready for your next growing season and plan ahead with this ONE tip that can prevent diseases in your garden.

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Understanding the in’s and out’s of your particular climate to know when to grow plants can be confusing. That’s why CLIMATE is the first step in the Circle of Awesome. Discover the key pieces of knowledge that you need to know about your climate in order to grow an abundant garden in the Stage 1 Climate Checklist: Master Your Climate for Garden Success.

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This month’s LIVE Q&A Garden Jam is Monday, October 16th 4-5:30pm Pacific / 7-8:30pm Eastern.

LIVE Q&A with your Garden Guide Crystal and a Garden Jam Presentation by Marjory Wildcraft, who shares how to grow your own cacao. I mean, who doesn’t want to grow their own chocolate?

Link for the zoom call will be emailed to members directly.


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It’s time to plant some broccoli. You head to your local nursery to pick up some broccoli seedlings, but they either don’t have any available or the ones that they do have look wilted and sickly. Has this ever happened to you? If so, have you considered growing your own seedlings? Growing your own has all types of benefits in time, money (in the long run), and overall product results. Read how to get started growing your own vegetables and herb seedlings in this week’s featured blog…

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Question: How do I get rid of deer and armadillos? – Ray G.

Answer: Hi Ray, thanks for writing in! A lot of folk have trouble with small animals and mammals, so your question will help others as well.

First and foremost, the only guaranteed way to keep small critters and mammals out of the garden is to fully enclose it. For deer, you’ll need a 7-9 ft tall fence (depending on the deer species), if you don’t enclose the top also. For armadillos, you’ll want to make sure the fence is underground, too. Armadillos can burrow up to 5ft deep! Some people simply put hardware cloth along the bottom of their garden and attach it to the wall fencing, but this can get very expensive. It might be cheaper to try deterring them instead.

Armadillos are attracted to insects in the soil. Scuffing the top few inches of soil twice per week not only helps deter the armadillos, but it is also a good pest management practice to prevent pests in the garden.

Wood chips also deter armadillos from burrowing in your garden. While carbon mulch can steal nitrogen from your soil, you could use these in the pathways and give your beds a nitrogen boost with a liquid kelp to help offset the nitrogen loss. 

Some people report success with sensors that automatically turn on sprinklers or respond with sounds. If you use sprinklers, avoid placing the sprinklers where the water will get on your garden plants. 

Another option is to try planting trap crops away from your garden to lure the wildlife to that area to munch instead of munching on your plants. 

Ultimately, the best thing you can do to keep the animals out is to enclose the garden, but those are a few other options that might help.

GYOV CEO Denise Beins enjoyed the fall weather by planting garlic this past week. Denise shares her tip for the bulbous plant: “I like to plant it around the border of my raised beds in hopes that it deters unwanted critters.”

Did you do any fall planting this week? Post in the GYOV Garden Adventure Facebook Group and let us know. Pictures are even better!

Did you miss last week’s free Garlic eGuide? If you did, you can still download it HERE.

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